Coming Soon

Having been plagued by the usual delays, several new dining spots plan to open this summer.

by Sarah Hall

nother bakery is coming to town. But if you like to savor a slice of pie where you buy it, you had better head somewhere else. Buns on the Run, as the Dr.-Seuss-meets-Richard-Simmons name implies, is strictly a to-go bakery for now. Owner Pam Hardin, speaking on behalf of her partner Sharon Johnson who's busy painting, says the bakery may open the other half of their duplex location on Elzey after January, but for now there will be only one small table because that's all they have room for.

Buns on the Run will specialize in pastries, by-the-slice and whole pies, cakes, popovers, and breads. Hardin says, "We're not going to do doughnuts," but instead promises a variety of loaves, including sour dough, wheat, rye, and potato bread, each available in two sizes. Hardin and Johnson hope to capitalize on their personal favorites of individual bread bowls and muffin tops, which Seinfeld fans will recognize as one of Elaine's money-making schemes. Johnson never saw the episode because again she was painting, but Hardin called her as soon as it was over, amazed that someone else had come up with the same idea her mother suggested weeks before.

Hardin and Johnson plan to open Buns on the Run at 2150 Elzey the first week in July.

One of the most tempting bakeries never to materialize was the Cena Bakery, which was scheduled to open within the Laurelwood restaurant after it got on its feet. Unfortunately, the restaurant closed before anyone really realized it was open and the bakery portion didn't have a chance. Apparently, Memphians will have to make do with existing bakeries, because the new property owner has other plans. Chip Apperson plans to introduce a raw bar/steakhouse/seafood restaurant in late August or early September.

Apperson, who owned a restaurant in New York for eight years and managed a cigar bar in Aspen for the last year and a half -- an experience he calls a "working vacation" -- says the as-of-yet unnamed spot will open in stages. Phase one will concentrate on the restaurant, and phase two will utilize the remaining space to add a lounge and a raw bar with oysters, clams, shrimp, chilled lobster, and crawfish.

People refuse to let the cigar fad fade. Managers Jamie Boyle and Jeremiah Tucker hope to open Martinoya's Saloon, primarily a bar and countertop cigar shop at Front and Calhoun, by the end of this month.

According to Boyle, Martinoya's Saloon is the original name of the building that most recently housed The South End. This time around, the bar will feature live music nightly and a selection of import bottled beers, cigars from Little David's Cigar Company, and deli sandwiches. Within six months, Boyle intends to obtain a liquor license and open a full kitchen.

Noticing the late-night crowds that drift upstairs at neighbor Earnestine and Hazel's, Boyle says he eventually wants to renovate the upstairs to add an expanded cigar shop and a live acoustic music room. He has already begun to imagine the decor of "those retro couches and lighting."

Just blocks away from Martinoya's, professionals will have to weave through an obstacle course of winos and pigeons to reach Court Square's newest resident, Taco Rock. The self-service, Tex-Mex eatery that closed its Overton Square location in February will open downtown in early July. Managing partners Glen Bascom and Severn Demott will utilize the larger kitchen at 103 S. Court to serve a similar menu of reasonably priced wraps, quesadillas, and burritos with a few extras like hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, and, if all goes well, margaritas.

Bascom meant to open Taco Rock by the last week in May, but delays have pushed back the date. Like the others opening in July, he plans to resume renovations once business gets going, adding a bar and pool tables upstairs, but for now just wants to get open for business.


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